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Germany: BSI issues cybersecurity guidance for SMEs

The Federal Office for Information Security ('BSI') announced, on 16 September 2022, that it had published, on the same day, its guidance on cybersecurity for small and medium-sized enterprises ('SMEs'). In particular, the BSI noted that the guidance offers SMEs an easy-to-understand introduction to improving their level of cybersecurity, answering questions such as:

  • who is responsible for information security in the company;
  • why patches and updates should be installed regularly;
  • why an anti-virus programme is necessary; and
  • why data backup is important.

You can read the announcement here and the guidance here, both only available in German.